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Community grants

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Looking for funding? Middlesbrough Council and MVDA have launched Find a Funder, a new online funding search tool for Middlesbrough communities.

If you'd like to use Find a Funder but aren't sure how to, you can come along to a monthly drop in session:

09.10.17 - 10am to 12pm - Hemlington Community Hub/library
13.11.17 - 10am to 12pm - North Ormesby Community Hub
11.12.17 - 10am to 12pm - Newport Settlement Community Hub
08.01.18 - 10am to 12pm - Thorntree Community Hub
12.02.18 - 10am to 12pm - Easterside Community Hub
12.03.18 - 10am to 12pm - Library at the Rainbow Centre
09.04.18 - 10am to 12pm - Acklam Community Hub/library
14.05.18 - 10am to 12pm - Myplace

Please note, sessions may be cancelled if there isn't enough demand.


Council grant programmes

The council has a number of grant programmes available to voluntary and community sector groups to support activity for people in Middlesbrough. All applications must demonstrate how they link to the Mayor's Vision.

For more information on grants, please contact:

Market Management Officer
Phone: 01642 729309


Mental Health Grant

All applications must be submitted by 1pm on Thursday 12th October

Grants of up to £5000 are available for projects, especially those by voluntary and community groups in Middlesbrough, to support the mental wellbeing of Middlesbrough residents.

Projects must deliver at least one of the following priorities:

  1. Improve availability and effectiveness of preventative services – this includes information and advice services
  2. Provide timely access to effective, good quality, evidence-based mental health treatment – this is for all ages
  3. Encourage people to adopt healthy lifestyle choices – including adopting the five ways of wellbeing: connect; be active; take notice; keep learning; give
  4. Contribute towards the development of comprehensive rehabilitation and recovery pathways – moving from hospital to independent living
  5. Improve the number of people with mental health problems who are helped into employment – includes support to maintain employment.

Download the Mental Health Grant application form.

The grant panel is a multi-agency panel made up of partners on the Mental Health Partnership.


General Health and Wellbeing Grant

All applications must be submitted by noon on Tuesday 11th October

Grants of up to £5000 are available for projects, especially those by voluntary and community groups in Middlesbrough, to support the general health and wellbeing of Middlesbrough residents.

Applicants must demonstrate that:

  • The project will take place in Middlesbrough and be for the benefit of Middlesbrough residents
  • The project will support the general health and wellbeing of Middlesbrough residents

To apply look at the criteria and then download and complete the General Health and Wellbeing Grant application form


Community Chest

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to voluntary and community groups within Middlesbrough. This is a rolling programme so applications are accepted throughout the year; the grant panel meets to discuss applications on average four times per year.

Applicants must demonstrate that:

  • The project/group will benefit the people of Middlesbrough
  • The project/group encourages community activity and stimulates participation and involvement
  • The project/group compliments the services and priorities of Middlesbrough Council

To apply look at the criteria then download and complete the Community Chest application form.


Physical Activity Fund

The Physical Activity Fund is now closed to applications

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to voluntary and community groups to encourage people from Middlesbrough to get involved in physical activity.

Projects must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Getting people active in the local area
  • Getting people active to improve long term health conditions
  • Changing the environment

To apply download and complete the Physical Activity Fund application form (guidance is included at the end of the form).

The grant panel is a multi-agency panel made up of partners on the Physical Health Partnership.


Development grants

The Development Fund is no longer accepting applications

In exceptional cases, small grants of up to £5000 are available for voluntary and community groups organisations.

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.


Educational bursaries

The Student Bursary Fund is no longer accepting applications

As these are available due to Trust Funds, the amount available to distribute varies annually.

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.


Voluntary and community sector grants awarded - 2016-17

View details of the purpose and size of grants awarded.

If you think your group may be interested in applying for one of these grants this year, you can simply download the relevant application form and grant criteria below or give us a call to have a chat about your idea on 01642 729309.